Elementary inorganic chemistry
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Subject: A great Victorian Chemist
George Samuel Newth was also in his youth a keen cyclist and his name appears in a copy of a US cycle magazine 'The Wheelman' under 'Wheel News' on page 234 in 1883 when he was challenged to a race. "Mr. G. S. Newth, of New College, Hampstead,has accepted Mr.Wilsons Faeds challenge to riders of the Otto for a road race, in order to test the comparative speed of the Otto and the tricycle". The race is detailed in a New Zealand paper : (Otago Witness , Issue 1653, 28 July 1883, Page 20)
"Appended is the description of an interesting race between an "Otto" bicycle, which has the two large wheels opposite each other, and a front-steering " Imperial Club ' tricycle, which resulted in a victory for the latter ;•— " A match to test the relative speeds of tricycles and " Otto " safety bicycles was held on Thursday, May 17, on the road from Tally- Ho! Corner, Finchley, to Welwyn and back to the Barnet Obelisk. Mr A. J. Wilson, captain of the North London Tricycling Club, rode a 48in " Imperial Club " tricycle, geared up to 57in— an ordinary roadster which he constantly uses over the London macadam and paving— and Mr G. S. Newth, of the Cyclists' Touring Club, bestrode a high wheeled " Otto ". Neither had trained for the event ; but of the pair Newth seemed to be most fit, Wilson suffering from a severe sore throat which had troubled him for some time previously. Half -past 5 was the time fixed for the start, and a few minutes after that hour Mr H. T. Whorlow, the starter and judge, gave the signal to go, and a slow start was made. Wilson at once dropping behind Newth, and leaving the latter to make the pace throughout. Up Barnet Hill the speed was rather fast, but from Ganwick Corner, to Bell Bat a quantity of loose stones reduced the pace: these passed, Newth increased the speed greatly for a few miles, Wilson never attempting to go in front, except when flying hills, when the tricycle was at an advantage. The pair stopped by mutual consent at the turning point at Welwyn, to take a little tea, and on the return journey the pace was slower, the wind having sprung up rather strong against the riders, who maintained their positions, Newth leading, with Wilson never more than three yards away, except when descending hills. At Potter's Bar a momentary pause for a drop of tea was made, and Newth again led until the stones were passed at the Duke of York, when Wilson went in front, and, riding rapidly away, increased his lead in the last mile, and bowled over the tape a minute and five seconds before Newth. The total times for the distance— about 30 miles — were : Wilson, 2 hr. 31 mm. 30 sec. ; Newth, 2 hr. 32 mm. 35 sec. Mr C. H. Larrette (Bell's Life) and other members of the Press took the times ; Mr C. V. Boys being judge at the turning-point."
His wife was Margaret Newth and there is no record of any children. His name and address details can be had from UK Census records etc. Newth was a demonstrator in Chemistry at The Royal College of Science in London (now Imperial College)from the 1880s up to about 1910. He worked with another noted chemist, Frankland. Newth's books are well worth buying and a fascinating insight into late Victorian chemistry for schools and colleges and he was in many ways ahead of his time. Newth died in Hythe, Kent, England in 1936.
(D.Mullen, Liverpool, England).
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